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  • Could you long jump 16 feet if your life depended on it?

    Two inmates in a prison in Elizabeth, NJ, could and did, according to nytimes.com.

    They squeezed out of their cells and out of the building through holes barely larger than a sheet of legal paper and then long-jumped 16 feet from a roof over a fence topped with razor wire, landing on a railroad bed.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/17/nyreg ... yt&emc=rss

  • #2
    Sounds like it could have been a net downhill. Also, is the first point of contact 16 feet or do they just have to get the body to that point. They probably had a pretty short runway and did not get a chance to get their steps down, increasing the difficulty, of course.

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    • #3
      Imagine getting stuck inside the walls.

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      • #4
        Now there's a Donald Thomas story in the making. If only we could train them and expunge their records.....
        If you're ever walking down the beach and you see a girl dressed in a bikini made out of seashells, and you pick her up and hold her to your ear, you can hear her scream.

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        • #5
          Could you long jump 16 feet if your life depended on it?
          no . . . ops: . . . I took on my freshman (!!!) girl in a jump-off in the spring and she beat me 16'6 to 15'6 . . .
          I guess SHE needs to starting coaching ME.

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          • #6
            You Load 16 Feet, And Whaddya Get?

            Depends on the stakes. Excerpt says they long jumped 16 feet over a "...fence...". That sounds tougher. How high was the fence?

            Helps to be 20 and 24 years of age, or whatever they are.

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            • #7
              Is there a wind reading on this jump?

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